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Published: April 17, 2012

Updated: January 2, 2014

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Vista

Enables you to back up and restore your operating system, volumes, files, folders, and applications from a command prompt.

To configure a regularly scheduled backup, you must be a member of the Administrators group. To perform all other tasks with this command, you must be a member of the Backup Operators or the Administrators group, or you must have been delegated the appropriate permissions.

You must run wbadmin from an elevated command prompt. (To open an elevated command prompt, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.)


Subcommand Description

Wbadmin enable backup

Configures and enables a regularly scheduled backup.

Wbadmin disable backup

Disables your daily backups.

Wbadmin start backup

Runs a one-time backup. If used with no parameters, uses the settings from the daily backup schedule.

Wbadmin stop job

Stops the currently running backup or recovery operation.

Wbadmin get versions

Lists details of backups recoverable from the local computer or, if another location is specified, from another computer.

Wbadmin get items

Lists the items included in a backup.

Wbadmin start recovery

Runs a recovery of the volumes, applications, files, or folders specified.

Wbadmin get status

Shows the status of the currently running backup or recovery operation.

Wbadmin get disks

Lists disks that are currently online.

Wbadmin start systemstaterecovery

Runs a system state recovery.

Wbadmin start systemstatebackup

Runs a system state backup.

Wbadmin delete systemstatebackup

Deletes one or more system state backups.

Wbadmin start sysrecovery

Runs a recovery of the full system (at least all the volumes that contain the operating system's state). This subcommand is only available if you are using the Windows Recovery Environment.

Wbadmin restore catalog

Recovers a backup catalog from a specified storage location in the case where the backup catalog on the local computer has been corrupted.

Wbadmin delete catalog

Deletes the backup catalog on the local computer. Use this subcommand only if the backup catalog on this computer is corrupted and you have no backups stored at another location that you can use to restore the catalog.

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